Representing the 131 Bomb Wing is Senior Airman Gabriel J. Corona, of the 131 Bomb Wing Command Post.
Airman Corona is responsible for all requirements set forth by the USAF, USSTRATCOM, AFGSC, and the Whiteman Command Post to defend $1.2m of critical NC3 assets, and was a key contributor to enabling 16 B-2 GT Sorties flown. Never one to shy away from challenge, Corona did this while working a full-time position with Northrop Grumman as a B-2 certified electrician technician who trained eight 509 AMXS Avionics Airman and taught ACS fundamentals/procedures. In this he improved unit competency by a staggering 45%. AMN Corona is also attending full-time classes in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree completing 43 semester hours towards a Cyber Security degree with a 3.5 gpa, as well as making the dean's list spring 2019. He is also enrolled with the Lee’s Summit flight training school and logged nearly all 42.5 flight hours in less than three months. Senior Airman Gabriel J. Corona embodies the total airman concept!
Representing the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade is SGT Joshua Roth.
SGT Roth is currently assigned to HSC, 935th ASB in Springfield, MO as a 91J quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer. SGT Roth exemplified the definition of a citizen soldier when he was awarded the lifesavers award from the Missouri State Fire Marshall for his heroic actions on august 15, 2019. SGT Roth was on duty when his station was dispatched for smoke coming from a building. Once they arrived on the scene, SGT Roth and his rescue squad began a primary search of the building and found 4 children under the age of 5 unresponsive and going through cardiac arrest. SGT Roth and the rescuers quickly brought the children outside and immediately performed CPR. Within in a few minutes all four children became responsive. SGT Roth’s heroic act brings credit upon himself and exemplifies the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade creed, strength and honor!
Representing the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is SPC Brandon M. Payton.
SPC Payton lives the army values daily and embodies the diversity of skill sets the Maneuver Enhancement Brigade maintains. SPC Payton is an infantryman, cavalry scout and currently works in the brigade medical section. SPC Payton continually displays professionalism and the can-do attitude to accomplish the toughest of tactical missions. This Phoenix Warrior always places the needs of his fellow Soldiers above his own and never hesitates when it comes to "other tasks as assigned." his organization, attention to detail, willingness to learn and leadership qualities set the standard for emulation by both peers and subordinates alike. His positive attitude and initiative perpetually boosts the morale of others. This Phoenix Warrior stands always ready to - Get It Done!
Representing the 139 Air Wing is Senior Airman Demi Turner with the 139 Force Support Squadron.
In the 3 short years Senior Airman Turner has been a member of the 139th Airlift Wing, she has made a tremendous impact to the organization, and the Missouri National Guard as a whole. Serving as vice president of the Junior Enlisted Council, SRA Turner was elected to represent approximately 700 enlisted wing members spearheading initiatives to bring reveille/retreat ceremonies, professional development training and multiple morale events to the organization. SRA Turner took the initiative to become the “subject matter expert” for the implementation of the global electronic approval and routing system (gears), developing organizational boxes, establishing business rules, and providing specialized training to unit commanders and their support staff. She volunteered to facilitate the conversion of 12 unit patches to the OCP color scheme, becoming the single coordination element between squadron, group & wing leadership and the institute of heraldry. The 139th Airlift Wing is proud to have SRA Demi Turner represent our organization.
Representing the 35th Engineer Brigade is SPC Kyle P. Carroll
SPC Carroll is a bridge crewmember, assigned to the 1438th Engineer Company (MRBC) in Macon MO. Since his arrival to the 1438th in 2015, SPC Carroll has stood out as a model Soldier. He has been tested at a young age, stepped up in every situation, learned from his mistakes, and always finds a way to overcome adversity. SPC Carroll is the youngest shore commander the unit has ever had, both in age and grade, and is this year's 35th EN BDE nominee for the Van Autreve award, an engineer regimental award for enlisted engineers. SPC Carroll personifies the 35th Engineer Brigade’s motto – No Task Too Large!
Representing the 70th Troop Command is SGT Derreck Rebstock.
SGT Rebstock is assigned to the 1221st Transportation Company. He is a trusted operator who volunteers for nearly every real world haul mission tasked to the 1221st. He recently led a single truck mission traveling to Texas to support 229th Medical Maneuver Battalion and executed the mission flawlessly. With only two weeks of prep time, SGT Rebstock volunteered to fill in and compete on Missouri national guard’s “heavy” team in the Bataan death march. As a Junior NCO, he has been appointed as a squad leader in 3rd Plt, one level above his grade; his performance and reliability far exceed his peers. Physically and mentally prepared for any challenge, SGT Rebstock epitomizes the strengths and attributes of personal courage – No Rear!
Representing the 35th Military Police Brigade is SSG Brian Schlenther.
This year he was assigned as the 175th MP BN PSNCO. Soon after SSG Schlenther arrived, the BN S-1 left for BOLC leaving SSG Schlenther in charge of the BN S1 section. Though new to the position, SSG Schlenther excelled in his position, providing excellent training and administrative support to the companies. He supported the 3175th MP CO through their pre and post mobilization training ensuring all administrative matters were completed. SSG Schlenther spent many extra hours working and many extra days TDY to ensure the battalion was always taken care of administratively. SSG Schlenther was a significant factor in the mobilization of the 3175th MP CO and the success of the 175th MP BN. Outstanding performance by a smart, talented and driven NCO who clearly lives the motto “Sua Defendre” – defending our own!
Representing the 140th Regional Training Institute is SFC Josh Nickels.
SFC Nickels is instrumental to the success and growth of the RTI’s 12N MOS producing course. The RTI has gone from instructing 3 courses to 9. SFC Nickels plays a vital role in building, maintaining, and continuing positive training relationships with our active duty counterparts on Fort Leonard Wood. SFC Nickels fills multiple roles for the EN BN and the RTI by providing administrative and training support to 1st BN. SFC nickels has used his previous experience from operations, training, and refueling to institute a tracking system making the BN more efficient. SFC Nickels skills and knowledge allow the 140th RTI to use talent across multiple domains to provide the highest quality training to all soldiers across all 3 components.